Being a black atheist in the United States brings with it a unique set of challenges. The black community has very strong Christian roots, so "the question often isn't if I go to church -- it's where." The website Vice talks to five black atheists about their experiences.
Unfounded fear is changing the way the United States labels much of its food. Vermont’s law requiring labels on groceries that include GMOs takes effect soon, and many large food companies have decided to use this labeling on their products nationwide, not just in Vermont. Slate ridicules such labeling for singling out foods that are perfectly safe a victory for “theology rather than epidemiology.”
Last week we shared a story from Boise, Idaho, that looked at the outrageous exemption from child abuse laws that six states give to parents who withhold medical care for religious reasons. We’re glad to be able to tell you that it looks like Tennessee will no longer be one of them. The legislature has passed a bill ending the exemption and the governor is expected to sign it. A GOP state senator and surgeon was a mover of the legislation.
The British government is formally warning travellers from the United Kingdom about the anti-LGBT laws in North Carolina and Mississippi.
The Galapagos Island finches that contributed so much to Darwin’s insights are still providing crucial information about the genetic mechanics of natural selection. Don’t miss the latest findings.
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